Growing Recipes at Yesler Community Center

By Nikki Lewis, Seattle Tilth Intern

It’s been nine weeks of group cooking. The Ethiopean and Eritrean seniors have been creating delicious and imaginative recipes together in the kitchen and building their team work – take a look at the tasty results!

On the menu last week at the Yesler Community Center: a delectable brown rice dish with sautéed onions, garlic, and coconut, hearty lentil stew aka Ethiopian wat, and much to our delight, authentic injera, a spongy sourdough flat bread.

This group is now cooking with little guidance, as they have developed their own technique to prepare healthy whole foods as a team, each person taking an active role in cultivating a one-of-a-kind recipe each week. We are pleased to witness the wonderful development of this cooking community, and hope this program will serve as a model for future community meal programs in the region!